Engenderhealth

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Engenderhealth Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
14 Reviews
2.5
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Pamela W. Barnes, MBA
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  1.  

    decent company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engenderhealth full-time

    Pros

    good people, benefits are good time off policies are good

    Cons

    no much cons really. I mean not a perfect place but it's not bad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Short term thinking yields short term results

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engenderhealth

    Pros

    EngenderHealth's mission has the ability to reach so many people who dont have access to good health resources. The teams are very laid back and its a low pressure office environment. The benefits are pretty great for an NGO (vacation, salary, retirement).

    Cons

    Many of the people are complacent and only willing to do the bare minimum to get by. Most of these people are on their way out and do not care what happens and many of these are the technical leadership. The CEO seems bipolar between being 'one of the team' and then making requests that do not align with the perpetuity of the company. This makes for a hostile work environment where its unclear what to expect next.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do your homework

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engenderhealth

    Pros

    Legacy of great programming in family planning, decent benefits package for an NGO

    Cons

    Leadership in the NY office leaves something to be desired, which is trickling down to all other positions, people, and even in the field. 90% of the NY staff are looking for new jobs and if not, they should be. Volatile environment that may not hold up against the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be too late, but pay attention to your staff and invest in their success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engenderhealth full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Mission is important but EngenderHealth no longer has its niche or edge.

    Cons

    Very poor senior leadership who lack technical expertise and heart to keep the organization alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Visible decline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engenderhealth

    Pros

    EngenderHealth does great work and has many employees that are extremely hard working and intelligent individuals. They also have a good benefits package.

    Cons

    The organizations is slowing ripping apart at the seams. Unsustainable talent retention due to dependence on grant funding for specific projects. Dying donor base. Mismanagement. Employees lacking innovation or vision and dinosaurs sticking around that continue to do things the same way for decades. Dreary atmosphere. There is no communication between the different department, i.e. the communications team doesn't know what the program team is doing and vice versa. People are quitting every week and it will be surprising if this organization is able to pull through. All non-profits are suffering in this field and this economy but EH seems to be hit especially hard. Changes need to be made. The external relations team has an exciting marketing campaign but it's taking years to launch - it may be too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Celebrate your employees successes and harness their specific skills to improve the organization. Listen to new ideas and create more communication between departments so everyone knows what's going on. Take younger employees seriously and stop shoving them into administrative positions when they are qualified to achieve so much more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's About To Fall Apart

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engenderhealth

    Pros

    I was first atracted to the company because they wanted to grow and were going to committ resources to do that. I also enjoyed the flex work environment.

    Cons

    Personally, I think I was set up to fail. The resources we discussed during the interview process did not totally materialize. The funding was cut to my program but I was expected to achieve the same results. Additionally, when it came to making things happen, more often than not, I was the one who was expected to do everything with slim to no support from the rest of the team or leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to achieve the results that make a difference, you need to invest your money and people in meeting that goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good Riddance!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engenderhealth

    Pros

    great mission
    good benefits package
    long history in field

    Cons

    Complete lack of management - top level and middle level
    Management staff are ego maniacs that explicitly let you know that they don't want feedback or suggestions
    Dreary office
    Sexism in the office
    Managers play favorites
    No acknowledgment of work whatsoever
    No support staff
    Expectation to work ridiculous hours
    Old staff want to work using old ways - not open to new ideas
    No one is open to feedback. If you give feedback you are shunned.
    No access to research - yet they call themselves science-based

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit new leadership immediately
    Recruit new thinkers - there has been a massive brain drain in last two years
    Focus on business development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    There were many success and challenges. Overall a challenging work environment.

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Engenderhealth full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow professionally and monetarily over many years while employed.

    Cons

    It seems that those that did not work as hard but were well liked by those in leadership advanced even when they were not qualified to do so. This impacted the morale greatly. There was a culture of owning one's work without giving credit. Hours were long and colleagues were even expected to be responsive during holidays, vacation and days off. It is not a culture for adequate work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention. It is an organization of continual change. Directors/Senior Managers should be mentored to communicate and share information with their teams. Bring back a culture of learning, respect and transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Energy Needed to Save this Important Non-profit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engenderhealth

    Pros

    The values of the organization are top-notch, the Mission is central to development of societies all over the world. People have stayed with the organization for decades because of the Mission and top professionals who work in NYC and around the world.

    Cons

    Current leadership is not aggressive enough in pursuing all opportunities that are available in our community. Strategic planning is a weakness and often the plans don't match reality of the international public health "business". Aging out of internationally recognized experts is a problem for continued growth. (dinosaurs may be old but they brought in the projects time and time again). This business is built on excellent relationships with donors - which the dinosaurs had. Work-life balance is supported. Young people have lots of room to grow if they are competent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agree that funds should be going to Programs Division however every single penny should go to Business Development to write proposals ASAP. Stop hiring new staff and re-purpose the great staff you currently have on board.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere for a rewarding career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engenderhealth full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules/telecommuting allowed. Some staff extremely smart and pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Very poor sr. leadership and management who lack interest in latest evidence or innovations. No mentorship or cultivation of junior or middle-level staff. Internal structural barriers to collaboration among staff/teams. Internal dissent and/or critique of systems or technical approaches (in favor of group discussion/problem solving) is routinely discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pointless. Upper mgt doesn't want to hear it anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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